How to make a space helmet for kids

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How to make a space helmet for kids
Drawing of astronaut wearing a space helmet. (astronaute 1950s standing image by patrimonio designs from

For an astronaut costume or a science fiction adventure, a space helmet provides a crucial accessory. Most kids learn early that space lacks oxygen and that's why space suits always have a helmet and an oxygen pack. For Halloween, a theme party, a play or a school event, a space helmet completes the astronaut or spaceman's outfit. Though it may look like a difficult project, some basic household materials are all you need to build a kid's space helmet at home. Older children can make one themselves with some adult assistance.

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Things you need

  • Plastic bucket
  • Large, black permanent marker -- any kind
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Heavy-duty scissors, wire cutters or utility knife
  • Large nail or ice pick
  • Foam board
  • Duct tape
  • 2 clean cotton dishtowels

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  1. 1

    Select a bucket for the helmet. White, silver or grey plastic buckets are realistic space-helmet choices. Regular plastic buckets in a standard size, with walls that are not too thick work well for this project.

    How to make a space helmet for kids
    Painting of astronaut in space with light reflected on the space helmet's faceplate. (astronaut with space bg image by patrimonio designs from
  2. 2

    Use the marker and ruler or tape measure to outline the faceplate. Make the opening at least 17.5 cm (7 inches) wide by 12.5 cm (5 inches) tall.

  3. 3

    Poke a hole in the outline with a nail or ice pick. Using heavy-duty scissors or wire cutters, start the faceplate cut at the hole and cut around the outline to remove the faceplate.

  4. 4

    Make foam-board supports 5 cm (2 inches) wide and 25 to 30 cm (10 to 12 inches) long that will support the base of the helmet. Use a ruler to mark the size on the foam. Cut the supports with a utility knife.

    How to make a space helmet for kids
    Explorer wearing space suit and helmet in space. (spaceman 6 image by chrisharvey from
  5. 5

    Roll a dishtowel lengthwise to make a long, rolled headband. Place the headband around the child's head above the forehead. Tape the headband so that it fits the child's head.

    How to make a space helmet for kids
    Photograph of floating astronaut wearing a space helmet. (cosmonaute image by photlook from
  6. 6

    Use duct tape to secure the headband inside the top of the bucket. Use four strips of duct tape, each at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) long to tape the dishtowel in four directions.

  7. 7

    Tape the top of each support near the bottom of the helmet on the inside. This is the back of the space helmet, opposite the faceplate side. Use a 10 cm (4 inch) strip of duct tape to secure each support.

  8. 8

    Fit the space helmet on the child. If the helmet rests too low, make the dishtowel ring smaller or place it lower in the bucket, closer to the faceplate.

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